Weddings

Planning a themed wedding

FROM VINTAGE VOGUE TO CELTIC CHIC

Vintage, Eco, celtic or classic — you want your day to be unique. To stand tall amongst wedding extravaganza, and reflect a little of yourselves in the mix!

So how difficult is it to dream up a themed wedding? And how far should you go in making it a special day?

Wedding theme factors

While you might crave a romantic vineyard reception or a salty beachcomber bash, it may not always be practical for an Irish wedding affair.

Yet a theme can be pretty much anything that allows you to set the pace. The basic factors you’ll need to consider first are budget, season, logistics and venue.

Themes can be based around place, like a village wedding, a pier-side party or the grandeur of an old country house. Or they can be planned to reflect an era — think 1950s Mad Men glamour, or 1920s Gatsby chic.

Maybe you want rustic and rural, offbeat and quirky, or classic celtic charm.

Once you have your th

Humanist Weddings

CONSIDERING A HUMANIST WEDDING? IT COULD BE THE OPTION FOR YOU.

Michael and Petra are radiant. The ceremony has been seamless, with readings from Khalil Gibran’s The Prophet, and an extract from a Dalai Lama speech. Petra’s sister read a poem about love by W.B. Yeats, the bride’s favourite poet. Vows have been exchanged, the newly donned rings are gleaming, and the legalities are all in place.

With the bridal party heading out of the chapel for a photographic spree under the bright July sun, the picture is idyllic. The Wicklow Mountains loom large behind, and the guests are slowly wandering across the gardens with the promise of a Champagne reception back at the main hotel.

Irish Humanist Association

According to the Humanist organisation, their weddings and partnership ceremonies “are all about a couple celebrating their love for each other, and making a commitment to one another in the company of those people who are important to them”. Huma

What to Pack in Your Wedding Day Emergency Kit

You might have spent a lot of time and effort meticulously planning every detail of your wedding. Unfortunately, there is always the possibility of mishaps happening. If you’re unprepared, even small mishaps can send you into panic mode. For that reason, you should always have your wedding day emergency kit at hand.
Don’t know what should be in your kit? Relax, our informative list will help you learn the essential items to include in your emergency kit and how they will help save the day.

Here’s the list:
• Breath Mints: The “you may now kiss the bride” moment should be memorable – for the right reasons! Breath mints will help make that first kiss memorable due to its sweetness.
• Q-tips: They come in handy when you need to clean up drippy makeup.
• Blotting sheets: Looking oily is not cue at all, especially on your wedding day. Too much shine will make you look sweaty and greasy in photos. These sheets will help you absorb shine and

6 Essential Factors to Consider When Choosing Your Bridal Veil

In the Roman times, veils were worn to protect the bride from evil spirits. Later on, when arranged marriages were common, they were used to hide the bride-to-be’s features until the union was legal. This ensured the groom didn’t back out of the deal if he disliked his bride-to-be’s look. Nowadays, veils are considered a bridal accessory. However, some brides still wear them for religious purposes.
From short and funky to long and flowing, there are many beautiful bridal veils to choose from. Only the right veil will transform you into a vision of perfection. On the contrary, a wrong veil will make your beautiful dress look a little off the mark. Read on to find out the crucial factors to consider when choosing your veil.

1. Length

Veils come in many different lengths. The right length will complement the silhouette of your dress. Consider trying on different veil lengths during your dress fitting to see which one works best with your dress.
Short v

8 Essential Destination Wedding Planning Tips

So you have decided to say “I do” away from home. You are constantly thinking of packing your bags and running away to your chosen getaway and having a wedding to remember. Enough of a daydreaming, it’s time to get back to reality.
For you to have a flawless destination wedding, you’ll have to do a lot of work behind the scenes. Let’s make things easier for you by giving you the top 7 essential tips.

1. Hire A Wedding Planner

Planning a destination wedding takes a lot of time and money. For this reason, it is wise to hire a local wedding planner. A local planner will help you research and source local suppliers at favourable prices, handle logistics and overcome language and cultural barriers. If you prefer going with a planner from your country, make sure she has experience in planning destination weddings.

2. Know The Legalities

Marriage regulations vary from country to country. Many countries have a residency requirement. That can b

Where’s hip and happening for honeymoon bliss

Where’s hip and happening for honeymoon bliss?

So the big day is over, the knot is firmly tied and you’re both in need of some serious R and R. Wherever you go, this trip will be one to remember. From fantasy island retreats to romantic bush adventure, we’ve a few ideas for Irish honeymooners on the prowl.

Caribbean Dream

At only 14 miles long, Antigua is an island for intimacy. Straddling the Atlantic and Carribean seas, barrier reefs surround the glorious sandy beaches, the perfect mecca for watersports. If you’re more horizontally inclined, gaze out onto that haze-filled horizon, the latest page turner in one hand and a cool glass of bubbly in the other. Sunny and dry nearly all year round, this spot is a jack of all seasons. A few of the loveliest resorts have been created in tropical village style with lush greenery and plant life in abundance. A ten minute speedboat trip off the north of the island will take you to the isolated Jumby Bay Resort h

Do This before Hiring a Wedding Planner

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life, if not the most important. It is perfectly normal for you to want every single aspect to run smoothly. One way you can ensure this is by hiring a wedding planner. These professionals can help with every little detail. However, you can end up being ripped off and with more stress if you hire in a rush.

Here’s what you should do before hiring a wedding planner.

  1. Assess your budget

A planner is an extra addition to your wedding budget. As a result, you should assess your budget to see if it allows for this added cost. Generally, wedding planners charge an hourly rate, a percentage of the overall budget or a flat fee for their services.

Your budget will assist you in choosing the most favourable planner to hire. For example, you may have budget constraints but still want to hire a p

5 Top Tips for Choosing Your First Dance Song

For some couples, choosing the first dance song is a walk in the park because they have “their song”. For others, it is more challenging for one or more reasons. Maybe one partner loves the blues, and the other is a metal head. Some may also be overwhelmed by the numerous great options to choose from.
If you are looking for your perfect first dance song or a good list of potential songs to choose from, we have five helpful pointers for you.

1. Special Moments

In your relationship, you’ve had some memorable moments. Think back to the special events you’ve attended such as a festival, great concert or even a holiday. You can choose a song that reminds you of such events. Remember the first kiss, the first movie you went to watch together or that moment he proposed? If there was a song playing, it would have a special meaning for the two of you and would make a great first dance song.

2. Something You Both Love

If there are certain songs th

Getting in shape for your wedding day

Gleaming locks, radiant complexion and a healthy feel-good glow — while we don’t all need a Barbie doll waist there are a few basics on every gal’s list for her wedding day.

If you want to look your best you’ve got to feel your best too. In anticipation of the big event, what do you need to do to achieve that ‘fresh from the inside out’ feeling?

You’ve guessed it. We’re back to the four old favourites — diet, exercise, sleep and relaxation. Start now and within weeks you’ll begin to see results. Intensify coming up to the day, and your sterling efforts will have been worth every puff, pant and pastry denial.

You are what you eat

Water is amongst your best pre-wedding buddies, with hydration being the magic ingredient in a clear complexion. But do you rise in the morning craving endless glasses of water to drain during the hours ahead? Eh… no. So find ways to make it more appealing, even if you have to drink from a cocktail glass wi

Wedding Hair Insurance

Wedding Hair Insurance: Tips to Avoid a Wedding Hair Disaster

Your hair is just as important to your overall look as your wedding gown. Picking the wrong hairstyle could easily overshadow all the other wonderful aspects of your look. We’ve come up with a simple guide to help you make your hair picture-perfect on your wedding day.

Start Early

During the wedding season, the reputable hair stylists are usually fully booked. Book an appointment with your stylist at least four months before your special event. Start formulating your hairstyle at least three months to the event. You’ll have enough time to experiment with different styles and find something you love.

Bring Examples

When meeting your hair stylist, carry loads of pictures of other brides, celebrities and any other person who’s rocking a hairdo you love. Pictures help prevent misunderstandings between you and your stylist. You should also carry photos of your outfit or décor to gi